Katlynn realized the most powerful witness she could provide came out of her own experiences. She had not been present to see Jesus' miracles firsthand, to hear his stories, to feel the gentle touch of his hand on a weary shoulder, or walk with him down dusty roads in search of his destiny and her own. Yet Katlynn believed the stories which had been written about Jesus and his experience of life, not because she could prove them with facts lifted out of written history, but because of her own experience of the power of God in her life.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.